Christmas Decorating Ideas

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I’m especially excited to decorate for the holidays this year because my husband and I are moving into our first house this week and hosting family and friends for Christmas! Things have been a bit hectic as you can imagine, but holiday crafting is still a pretty big priority since we’ll have company arriving in just nine days. I’m sharing some of my favorite holiday crafts to inspire you to make your home extra special this holiday season.

This layered canvas wreath is one of my all time favorite holiday wreaths. I made a similar one last year as a present for my sister using leftover scraps of card stock and blue and brown felt – because I didn’t have canvas on hand at the time. I just love all the colors and buttons.

 

Canvas Layers Holiday WreathAlisa Burke

 

I’ve been saving wine bottles since Thanksgiving to recycle into some beautiful table center pieces like these. Rosemary grows like a weed in Portland, so I like to trim the bushes and use rosemary stalks and holly branches in mine.

Altered Bottles – A TutorialSweet Something Designs

I’m always looking for a simple but unique window display – this one will definitely brighten your home from the inside and out. I especially like how inexpensive this one is to make. You might even have all the materials on hand. It’s also a great way to reuse extra ornaments.

Decorating with OrnamentsThe Budget Decorator

This snowy village is brilliant. I’m definitely going to try make some of these for my mantel display. I bet it would look great with accents of colored glitter as well.

Snowy Dollar VillageShabby Sweet Cottage

I make a few new yarn based wreaths every year, one for the door, another for over the mantle and extras for friends. Isn’t this design gorgeous? I especially like the addition of the little artificial bird. I’m always looking for a new way to use these.

Christmas Wreath – June Crafts, Kayanna 

These sock snow people are adorable and easy to make. Kids can even help with this one, by designing their own sock snow boys and girls. Great inexpensive decorating idea and such a fun way to use your socks!

Sock Snow PeopleTiny Bitz of Me

For more holiday decorating ideas, check out  Pine Cone Crafts  , Christmas Peppermint Stick Centerpiece, and Teeny Tiny Snow Village.

Thanksgiving Home Decor

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As I’m preparing for my Thanksgiving get-together, I’ve realized my recipes are ready to go, but my house is not! Here are some inspiring, fun Thanksgiving and Autumn themed decor to liven up your home, and especially your dinner table, right in time for your guests.

This one is for those of you who specialize in Paper Crafts. Wouldn’t this banner be lovely hanging over, or resting on the mantel?

Thankful Banner  – Chiaki Haverstick, StampingPro.com

These cinnamon stick wrapped candles are so easy and inexpensive to make and they look and smell wonderful!

Cinnamon Stick Candles - JustImagine.com

 

The kids can certainly help with this one, by finding and/or painting the acorns. You can fill a vase with them and add dahlias or mums to create center pieces or place them in candle holders or candy dishes to add festive flare to your decor.

How to Paint Acorns - Home Stories A to Z

These are brilliant ideas for decorating the entire table with materials you may have on hand, or can find easily and inexpensively. The overall effect is so warm and welcoming!

Fabulously Frugal Fall DecorOh So Lovely Blog

Especially if there will be a lot of kids at your table, these place holders are a great addition for brightening up your dinner table. They’re so friendly and cute, and the kids can even help make their own!

Place Card TurkeyKeeping it Simple

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Invitations

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By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Glow in the Dark Halloween Invitations

What is more fun than a party for Halloween?  This year, start the fun out by sending invitations that glow.  Add the spookiness to your party by creating glow in the dark invitations using Glow-In-The Dark Mod Podge.

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Faux Stained Glass

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

DIY Faux Stained Glass with Acrylic Paint and Puff Paint!

Capture the sunbeams of summer by making your own beautiful art piece to display in your window.  This faux stained glass uses minimal supplies and is a fun and easy way to create a pretty decorative piece.

Glass 1

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A picture frame with metal tabs that hold the glass in.
  • Dimensional fabric paint “puffy paint” with a fine squeeze tip.  I used black.
  • Glossy Mod Podge.
  • Assorted colors of acrylic craft paint.
  • Paint brush.
  • Razor blade or Exacto knife (optional)
  • Image that you will trace to be your design.  I used a flower image I found online, and then sized and printed to correctly fit my piece of glass.  Try to choose an image that doesn’t have a lot of tiny detail, because this project lends itself better to images with bigger blocks of color.

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Shabby Chic Picture Frame

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Shabby Chic Picture Frames using a Mod Podge Transfer Technique

 

With the aid of your inkjet printer and some Mod Podge, create beautifully distressed wooden frames to display all of your summer vacation and back-to-school photos.

Frame 2

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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Picture Puzzle

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Create a DIY puzzle with your favorite picture!

I really like this project. It’s great to make with the kids. Have them choose a favorite picture, get a copy made of it, because it will be cut. Then have them make it into a simple stick puzzle. This is a toy that can be taken along on trips or played with in the car. It’s small enough to fit in any handbag, so it can always be a time buster in long waits.

picture puzzle

Supplies:

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“Be Mine” Valentine’s Wall Art

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

"Be Mine" Valentine's Day Glitter Art

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so don’t forget to decorate your house before it’s too late! My house is looking a little less romantic than I would like for the upcoming holiday. I decided to create a little decoration to brighten my space and add a little sparkle. I’ve always wanted to try out glitter painting, and I thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect chance to break out my glitter and give it a whirl!

What You Need:

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